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Medical nemesis
  1. Ivan Illich
  1. Cuernavaca, Mexico


    This article was originally published in the Lancet in 1974. It is reprinted here, as the centre of a set of articles, in memory of the death of Ivan Illich in December 2002.

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    • * Abridged from a lecture given in Edinburgh on April 26 and in Nottingham on May 1, 1974. The lecture is based on the book Medical Nemesis, which is to be published this autumn by Calder and Boyars.

    • This article is reprinted with permission from Elsevier (Lancet1974;:–21). (

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